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which one and why?

I think they can both hit insane clocks (1330 and over), but what will determine your ability to overclock comes mostly down to gpu lottery.

With that said, get the cheap one and hope you have a high clock card.
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Asus won over 680, more quieter with same heat with way more factory OC'd (TOP). And for my understanding the Asus DirectCU II 670 has the newer cooling build which is even more better than the older one. So I would guess Asus would still win : )
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post #13 of 44
Been wondering this too. It'd be nice to hear other people's opinions.
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Thinking to get the ASUS for its black color and backplate.
Was unable to find a review site that have both of these 2 cards, hope to know which was quieter and cooler as well.
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Quite a lot of misinformation here so far. First, the asus is not going to be $450, it's going to be $419 for the TOP version (the factory super-clock version) and $400 for the regular DCii version which is the exact same card except it's not overclocked as much from the factory. Secondly, the Asus does not have unlocked voltage though it does seem to have a little more volt control than the others. The asus has a powertarget of 122% while the gigabyte has only 111%. The asus also has a "min voltage' setting which you can see in this screenshot. , i'm not sure if any other 670's have this but i know the gigabyte doesn't. The asus also has improved volt circuitry and they are using a custom bios with a lot of volt modification over the reference version.

As for the rest of the details, the TOP version will hit around 1250 max core under boost straight from the factory with about another 50mhz of overclocking headroom on average. That's higher than some gigabytes are getting in the hand's on after a manual overclock (some people are getting only 1220-1230 boosted). From the looks of it, the gigabyte will most likely be capable of an additional 50mhz max core clock under boost over the Asus but the asus will be capable of 150-200mhz additional memory clocks over the gigabyte. As you can see here, the asus is capable of hitting 1293 core clock with 1890 on the memory. From what i've seen, the gigabyte can only hit 1300+mhz when the memory is below 1700 and in a lot of cases below 1600. This is a huge difference that a lot of people seem to be completely overlooking. The Asus will aslo most likely run a lot quieter than the gigabyte but this is just personal speculation as no reviews have released the dB measurement for the gigabyte. However, from the data we have for the asus, it seems to be one of the quietest cards a lot of reviewers have ever seen. The fans on the Asus also don't look as 'cheap', but that's just my own personal opinion.

Some other things to keep in mind. For one, the gigabyte is using a 680 pcb which means it might benefit from a 680 bios flash to increase its power-target to 150%, this is unconfirmed for now. It also means it might be able to use a 680 back-plate and waterblock, though i can't personally confirm these two points, check the other threads on this subject as i only skimmed them. But this could also end up being a negative in the long run too, it's hard to say. The 670 pcb might turn out to be preferred, as there's no negative to the smaller 670 pcb, especially with the modifications asus made to some of the key components over the reference model. Another thing to mention though, is the gigabyte is using a hideous blue PCB that a lot of people can't stand, so if you care about aesthetics, the stylish black Asus PCB might be the better option. The asus also comes with a backplate pre-installed, you'd have to spend $20 more to get this for the gigabyte.

So with that all being said, the difference between the two is still quite small. I will personally be getting the asus TOP mainly because i can't stand loud fans and the asus TOP is pretty much guaranteed from the factory to hit at least 1250 core boosted whereas a bad gigabyte card might not hit even 1225.

Edit: Please see this post too where i go into a lot more detail.
Edited by SeanPoe - 5/12/12 at 3:05pm
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So much good information in one post. Thank you!
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Something i overlooked above is that Asus actually comes with a back-plate already on the card as you can see here. That's a $20 piece you'd have to buy extra for the gigabyte.
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I love my DCUII 580 in terms of performance but if you ever want to go SLI bear in mind that they are triple slot cards. I use my PCIe slots for all sorts like RAID cards and sound cards and it is annoying when a triple slot cards makes accomodating things troublesome.
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When will the Asus model be available? I haven't seen it in stock anywhere yet and I have a Gigabyte that's backordered... Might change over if it'll be released in the next week.
    
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I love my DCUII 580 in terms of performance but if you ever want to go SLI bear in mind that they are triple slot cards. I use my PCIe slots for all sorts like RAID cards and sound cards and it is annoying when a triple slot cards makes accomodating things troublesome.

The GTX 670 DCUII is two slots smile.gif
    
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